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US journalist released from Syria 'overwhelmed with emotion'

A US journalist released earlier this week after almost two years of imprisonment in Syria said he was "overwhelmed with emotion" because of the attention he has received upon returning home.

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was captured in 2012 by Nusra Front and was only released on Sunday.

He said: "I suddenly remember how good the American people are, and what kindness they have in their hearts."

Meanwhile, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, who is suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, has been killed in the Middle East, a US security official has said.

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US 'should not look away' from people facing massacre

President Barack Obama said the US could not intervene in every world crisis but they "should not look away" when people were facing massacre.

President Obama said US combat troops will not enter Iraq again. Credit: The White House

Referring to the air strikes in Iraq, in his weekly presidential address, he said: "When countless innocent people are facing a massacre and when we have the ability to prevent it, the United States cannot just look away."

The US leader added that he would not allow Americans to be drawn into another war and that combat troops would not be returning to Iraq.

However, he said he would protect Us interests and prevent terrorists from having a safe haven.

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